Acidosis Birth Injuries

Birth Injury Lawyers Serving Families in Syracuse, Rochester and all of Upstate New York

Oxygen deprivation to a fetus is one of the most common causes of severe birth injuries. If it is not diagnosed and treated appropriately, the baby can suffer brain injuries such as hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy or cerebral palsy.

Did your doctor fail to prevent, diagnose or treat oxygen deprivation during birth? You may be entitled to damages if your child suffered brain damage as a result of a medical provider's negligence. DeFrancisco & Falgiatano Personal Injury Lawyers provides caring, knowledgeable representation to families faced with a birth injury. Our birth injury lawyers will help you seek compensation for the lifetime of medical care your child will need as well as compensation for loss of income and pain and suffering.

Acidosis As An Indicator Of Potential Brain Injury

Increased acidity in the blood may be an indication of fetal hypoxia. Most physicians consider a blood pH lower than 7 to 7.25 to be acidotic. Babies who suffer acidosis may also have fetal hypoxia due to oxygen deprivation. In some cases, this can cause brain damage.

Doctors should check arterial and venous blood gases from the umbilical cord to get the most accurate results. The samples should be taken correctly to prevent mixing of arterial and venous blood and should be done in a timely manner.

The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends umbilical cord blood sampling in the following situations:

  • C-section performed because of fetal distress
  • Low Apgar score at five minutes
  • Abnormal fetal heart rate tracing
  • Severe growth restriction
  • Multiple pregnancy
  • Mother with thyroid disease or fever

A failure to check blood gases when the mother or baby has any of these issues may be medical malpractice. We will investigate your case to determine whether malpractice occurred and if so, who is liable for your losses.

Contact An Attorney To Discuss Your Fetal Acidosis Birth Injury Case

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